Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for her 2012 collection, Stag’s Leap, she is the author of eleven previous books of poetry and the winner of many other honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU outreach programs, among them the writing workshop for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In Arias, Olds gives us radical new poems of intimate life, political conscience, race, class, and a mother’s violence.
Perez-Reverte, Arturo is a writer and a print, radio, and TV journalist. These days he is a full-time writer, however. He extensive bibliography includes titles such as La carta esférica, (The Spherical Letter); La reina del Sur (Queen of the South); and his Adventures of Captain Alatriste collection, beginning with El Capitán Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, 1996) to the most recent El Puente de los Asesinos (The Bridge of the Assassins, 2011). He has received important literary awards and his work has been translate din 40 languages. In 2003 he was selected as a member of the Real Academia Española (Spanish Royal Academy of the Language). He is also the editor and co-founder of Zenda, a website about books and authors. Perez Reverte will be presenting Sidi (Alfaguara), in which he tells the adventures in foreign lands of an 11th Century warrior.
Guy Picciotto was a singer and guitarist with Fugazi, the subject of Photographer Glen E. Friedman’s Keep Your Eyes Open. Fugazi is a band that evolved from Washington, DC’s, hardcore punk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It booked its own tours and performed in unconventional venues in order to maintain ticket prices that averaged just five dollars, a practice that opened many venues to other touring artists. In Keep Your Eyes Open (Akashic Books), Friedman documents Fugazi’s members onstage and off in almost 200 color and black-and-white images captured between 1986 and the band’s last US concert in 2002